Qurate Retail, Inc. president and CEO Mike George has been elected chairman of the The National Retail Federation (NRF) Board of Directors. George replaces BJ’s Wholesale Club chairman and CEO Christopher Baldwin, who has served since January 2018. In addition, three new members have been elected to the board: Vitamin Shoppe Inc. CEO Sharon M. Leitte, Ralph Lauren Corporation president and CEO Patrice Louvet, and Vera Bradley president, CEO and director Robert Wallstrom. Louvet will be a member of the board’s executive committee.
Olympic Steel Inc. has promoted Francis (Frank) Ruane to the role of executive vice-president – supply chain. Ruane will report directly to Andrew Greiff, president and COO, and continue to lead Olympic Steel’s supply chain efforts and manage the company’s distribution and proprietary fleet. Ruane entered the industry in 1985, achieving roles of increasing responsibility before joining Olympic Steel in 1998. Before his current appointment, he held the positions of director – corporate purchasing and materials management and, most recently, vice-president – purchasing. Ruane earned a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University. He is a member of the Market Research Committee for the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) and is a past Communications Chair (Steel Buyers Forum) for the National Association of Purchasing Management.
Transplace has appointed Greg Sebolt as the company’s new executive vice-president of strategic capacity services, the company’s over the road truck brokerage business. With more than 20 years specializing in third-party logistics, Sebolt began his career in the supply chain group of Andersen Business Consulting and has held executive leadership roles at Coyote Logistics, General Freight Services and Zengistics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and logistics from The Ohio State University.
DealerSocket has promoted Brad Kokesh to general manager of Inventory+, the company’s inventory management software. Kokesh is a more than 20-year automotive industry veteran, most recently serving as a vice-president of sales for DealerSocket. Before joining DealerSocket, Kokesh spent more than 13 years at Cox Automotive’s DealerTrack, most recently as VP of sales.